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A Game of Cards. Partie de cartes. Corneilius Krieghoff, LAC C-011003, 1848

Activities at a Clallam Mat Lodge Village near Fort Victoria, John Linton Palmer, 1851, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Faro by J. D. Borthwick, 1851, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Yankee Notions, New York, 1852

Devil seated at a gambling table, satirical print, 1860 to 1870, British Museum, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gambling and Cree Indians celebrating a Dog Feast. Rupert's Land 13 Sept. '57. Jeu et Indiens cris à un festin de chien. Terre de Rupert, 13 septembre 1857. George Seton, LAC Acc. No. 1950-63-1.9R, 17 April 1862

"These fools [gold rush miners] . . . have learnt that the chances are always so thoroughly in favour of the gaming-house proprietors that the loss of the gambler's money and the gain of the gaming-house proprietor is only a question of time… a man might as well chuck is gold back into the creek as pitch it on the gaming table; gaming is the miners' curse all the world over… Professional gamblers track the successful miner as the carrion crow scents the dead on a battlefield."
                          Cariboo The Newly Discovered Gold Fields of British Columbia, 1862

L'opinion publique journal illustré, Montréal, 3 November 1881


Slim Jim, or The Parson Takes the Pot, Rowland Lee, BC Archives PDP02292, 1892
"Slim Jim a noted gambler is represented in the painting, in the garb of a parson, one of his favourite disguises. With his usual good luck he takes the pot."

Albert Guillaume,1890s?, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

                                      THE  UNWILLING  CONFEDERATE
Congress ought to take Uncle Sam out of this shameful position by passing the anti-lottery bill.
Judge, New York, 23 August 1890, Wikimedia Commons

When Montreal is rid of its "gamblers," Le Canard will point out other thieves to kick out.
Le canard, Montréal, 13 May 1899

Life, New York, 3 December 1908

The start of the race, Kelowna, British Columbia.G.H.E. Hudson, LAC PA-029614, 1909


Sunday laws in force in Ontario, Toronto Reference Library 1911. Sunday Laws. 5, 1911

The British Columbia Federationist, Vancouver, 10 July 1914

Gambling, Hy Myer, Library of Congress LC-DIG-ppmsca-28085, 12 September 1914

Horse races on Main Street in Lillooet, VPL 20708, 1 July 1919

New York World, reprinted Cartoons magazine, Chicago, October 1920



New Masses, New York, September 1928













Timbrell, [Ed Broadbent NDP, Joe Clarke Conservative, Pierre Trudeau Liberal]. McGill Daily, Montreal, 31 January 1980



George Shane, 1989?, LAC

The Lance, Windsor, 25 October 1993




"From the moment a government encourages its citizens to finance the state by gambling¬¬––instead of through creativity, work and productivity, that state is in an unacknowledged crisis."
                                                         John Ralston Saul, The Daughter's Companion.